The Prisons Handbook 2021
The Prisons Handbook 2021 will be published on 1st November 2020, with a foreword by Michael Spurr, who was Chief Executive of HM Prison and Probation Service from 2010 until his retirement in 2019.
At 1,600 pages it is the definitive annual reference book on the prison system of England and Wales and has been for 25 years.
“An incredible reference book on Prisons; I keep a copy in my top drawer and I refer to it frequently” Director General, HM Prison Service.
“Strongly recommended” Chief Executive HM Prison & Probation Service 2020.
“The Prisons Handbook is a great point of reference for anyone who wants to learn about the prison system; Governors, staff, prisoners, families and civil servants alike have all come to view it as a thoroughly reliable source of information.” Rt.Hon David Gauke MP, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice (2019).
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Our Critically Acclaimed Publications
TWENTY-SECOND EDITION: The Prisons Handbook has always won outstanding reviews for its sheer scale and dependability. At 1,600 pages the 22nd annual edition is the definitive annual reference book on the prison system of England and Wales – and has been for 25 years!
“An incredible reference book on Prisons; I keep a copy in my top drawer and I refer to it frequently”
Director General, HM Prison Service.
FOURTH EDITION: Written, edited and published by reformed offenders this is not an academic reference book but a highly practical guide to serving & surviving a prison sentence in England and Wales by those who have been there. It covers legal rights, housing, family, healthcare, personal injury, vulnerable prisoners, and difficult issues too – like sex in prison, self-harm, avoiding gangs, extremism, the dangers of debt, bullying and the fatal dangers of ‘legal highs’.
“This excellent book should be on every bed, in every pad, in every jail in the country” – Paul Ferris: ‘The Wee Man’
Now in our 13th year, Converse is the largest circulation national monthly prisons newspaper for England and Wales – with 32 packed pages, and delivered to prisons in England and Wales every month, it is the only prisoners’ newspaper that is 100% written, edited and published by reformed offenders, speaking the offenders language, understanding their issues and inspiring them to leave crime behind!
FOURTH EDITION (15 November 2020): Prison Law Index is the definitive A-Z index to prison law cases and materials in England and Wales – now in its third edition and brilliantly updated by prison law barristers Stephen Knight, Sophie Walker and Angelina Nicolau of 1 Pump Court Chambers, Temple, London..
“This is a remarkable and much needed book which should prove invaluable to prisoners and legal practitioners alike.”
Edward Fitzgerald QC.
Justice on Trial
Chris Daw QC has been practising criminal law for over 25 years, navigating Britain’s fractured justice system from within. He has looked into the eyes of murderers, acted for notorious criminals, and listened to the tangled tales woven by fraudsters, money launderers and drug barons. Yet his work takes place at the heart of a system at breaking point – one which is failing perpetrators, victims and society – and now he is convinced that something must change.
Drawing on his own fascinating case histories and global reporting, including the 2019 London Bridge attacks, Alabama’s prison system and one of Britain’s most dramatic mass shootings, Daw presents a radical new set of solutions for crime and punishment.
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Its all here, in one place, authoritative and from the publisher that experts trust.
Expert publications on Prisons from the publisher experts trust – we are a Ministry of Justice approved book retailer which means you can order with confidence
As an accredited news outlet we receive embargoed advance notice of new items before they are made public, which means you get them as soon as the embargo has passed – we also monitor all the breaking news on prisons too!
With 25 years experience we are experts on the practice and policies of prisons – our expert analysis will help you understand what new policies mean and how they fit in with current strategies.
Our database gives you access to over 44,000 pages of information that’s up to date – from prison inspectorate reports, to freedom of information act requests and fatal incident reports from the prisons ombudsman.
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The Prisons Handbook
“Much more than a book about prisons, this is a tour-de-force through current penal policy
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The Cell Companion
“Outstanding, tackles the deadly dangers of prison debts, drugs, gangs – a book by experts that’s been needed for years.”
Nick Leader, Governor,
“The best national monthly prisons newspaper by a mile, the only one edited and published by reformed offenders –
their experience shines through.”
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